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Zia my hunting partner of 10 years had to be put down this morning. A real tough decission to make but I know she will not suffer anymore. She was a Boxer dog that loved to ride and chase jacks and lizards in the desert or just wander the mtns with me. She was with me for most of my gold and meteorite finds in the last 10 years. She had been thru alot, 2 years of fighting the desert fever, removal of numerous tumors, no mater what she was by my side. She had a mass growth in her throat that was restricting her breathing and eating.

It was not an easy thing to do, She will be missed but not forgotten, and yes, grown men do cry.

Allen in MT

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Allen: Very sorry to hear that you've lost such a fine companion. A lot of folks don't realize how close the human - dog bond can be, or how emotional it can be for each when the other gets hurt or is lost.

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God bless you Allen! A dog is truly a man's best friend. Zia was blessed to have a good master and companion like you.

I have had dogs all my life, and one by one they all have met their end. My last one, a malamute/wolf cross was with me for 13 years. After I had to put her down I just could not stand to get another dog. I was alone for 10 years. One day I decided to go to the pound and that afternoon I came back with Wally. It did not take me long to realize that I wasted ten years in fear of being hurt. Wally is a wonderful dog and he and I are BEST FRIENDS. What I am trying to say is go out and get another dog as soon as you can stand it. Thre are so many strays out there, they need us, and we need them. Dont waste any time feeling bad for her...honor her spirit by getting back on the horse and getting another smelly old mutt to follow you around.

Bedrock Bob

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You have my condolences Allen. Dogs are very special and the hurt of losing one is very painful.

Rainbow Bridge

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.

There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.

There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.

The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

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God bless you Allen! A dog is truly a man's best friend. Zia was blessed to have a good master and companion like you.

I have had dogs all my life, and one by one they all have met their end. My last one, a malamute/wolf cross was with me for 13 years. After I had to put her down I just could not stand to get another dog. I was alone for 10 years. One day I decided to go to the pound and that afternoon I came back with Wally. It did not take me long to realize that I wasted ten years in fear of being hurt. Wally is a wonderful dog and he and I are BEST FRIENDS. What I am trying to say is go out and get another dog as soon as you can stand it. Thre are so many strays out there, they need us, and we need them. Dont waste any time feeling bad for her...honor her spirit by getting back on the horse and getting another smelly old mutt to follow you around.

Bedrock Bob

Bob,

I agree with you 100% about Wally. Best darn dog I've come across in a long time, and I'm a cat person. He's 20 years and a couple of months, and I'm wrestling about whether to put him down or not, so I understand Allen's pain when he had put down his longtime companion down (very hard to do, but sometimes necessary). Cat shows no sign of pain at all, he's just super slow at whatever he does, but does everything a cat is supposed to do. It's the old saying (lights on and nobody home". He will look out into space for 20-30 minutes, then finally decide to move or lay down; cat's version of Alzheimer's if you will. Still get's up and down 4 flights of stairs almost better than me and I'm only 63 years young.

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Zia my hunting partner of 10 years had to be put down this morning. A real tough decission to make but I know she will not suffer anymore. She was a Boxer dog that loved to ride and chase jacks and lizards in the desert or just wander the mtns with me. She was with me for most of my gold and meteorite finds in the last 10 years. She had been thru alot, 2 years of fighting the desert fever, removal of numerous tumors, no mater what she was by my side. She had a mass growth in her throat that was restricting her breathing and eating.

It was not an easy thing to do, She will be missed but not forgotten, and yes, grown men do cry.

Allen in MT

Allen,

I'm sorry to hear of your loss, and understand your pain.

Remember Zia in your heart. She's hoping you get through your pain and sorrow, and want's you to get another companion as soon as you're able. She can never be replaced, but she'll guide it in all the right directions, and your right; there is no shame to cry. You did the humane thing.

h20prospector

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Allen,its sad to hear about Zia.She was a great companion to you and Sussie.with a loss like this I can understand why grown men cry. Keep your chin up good buddy.

Harry & Maureen

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A tough break to deal with, I just started taking mine out in the cooler months and have gotten used to her company.

Maybe its time for a trip to the pound so you can find another partner. Sorry Allen.

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I am sorry for your loss Allen. Just know that the kindness and companionship you showed to this animal will continue to bless you. Terry

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Allen Pets are family and it is difficult to lose them. Our best wishes to you. Jerry

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Allen there are no words to bandaid a moment such as yours, The unconditionale love these creatures give us is second to non,I think they watch us from beyond, as they do when they are here, There souls pure and unpolluted,A true gift to us mer mortals. Hang in there,

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Allen and Susie

Jacki and I wish to offer you our condolence for your loss of Zia.

Last winter when you were parked next to us in Morristown we found

her to be a great and friendly dog. The kind of animal anyone

would be proud to have in their family.

Best Regards

Bob

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Know that I grieve along side you.

Other than the wife, family & those I went through combat with, my dog “Sarge“, is my best friend.

If we were closer, I would offer you a puppy.

The sire is a gold hound in his own right.

Who, more than once either defended our camp, or warned me of trouble coming.

Had he not, I might not be here today.

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Sorry for your loss Allen...same thing happened to me with my Daisey...

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I CAN'T TAKE THE HEARTACHE ANYMORE-NO MORE CRITTERS. WHEN MY DOG OF 18 YEARS DIED I WAS DEVASTATED FOR WEEKS--WHEN MY PATERNAL FATHER DIED I DIDN'T SHED A TEAR(oops) so you can easily guess who was a trusted loyal friend. my deepest condolences-John Oates

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Thanks guys for all your support. The wife and I appreciate it. It is going to be a while getting over this one. You know so often we try to keep them around for us and don't think about them or what they are going thru. Will I get another dog?? I said no the last time because of the pain when she (Jabin)left us, and then got another one (Zia)which gave us 10 great years. Time will tell.

thanks again

Allen and Susy

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Hi Allen and Susy,

When I first saw the title of the post, I assumed it was about a faithful dog or a best nugget hunting buddy, never imagining that it would be a sad post. Turns out, it was all of the above.

I can't begin to describe how bad I feel about your loss, just recalling about the loss of my faithful canine companion, and how all of you supported me in my time of grief...

I can't read Rainbow Bridge without getting misty, but does give me some reassurance that my good friend is hopefully in a better place, and I hope it does help you and yours as well.

I had mixed emotions about getting another dog, but after a few months, I found myself at the pound, looking at animal recovery websites, looking for just the right dog. I looked over the entire northwest, and finally found what I thought would be a good match for me, and long story short, it was a good match, and my new best friend greets me as if we have been separated for days, even if it has been a few minutes.

AND ALLEN: Thank you for your service, and sacrifices...I have seen your Purple Heart license plate, and I am always touched when I see one, and think about my brothers in arms.

Gotta go.

Gary

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Allen & Susy, very sorry to hear of the loss of your buddy. Boxers are really great dogs and companions.

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Aloha Allen,

Sorry to hear about your loss of a "family member" because they are truly family as far as I am concerned. Take heart that like it says in "The Rainbow Bridge" we will all be meeting up once again to enjoy each others company.

Aloha and God Bless,

Stan aka Kaimi

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Took me awhile to find this:

A Dog's Purpose? (from a 6-year-old).

Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog's owners, Ron, his wife Lisa, and their little boy Shane, were all very attached to Belker, and they were hoping for a miracle.

I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. I told the family we couldn't do anything for Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home.

As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would be good for six-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt as though Shane might learn something from the experience.

The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker 's family surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on. Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away.

The little boy seemed to accept Belker's transition without any difficulty or confusion. We sat together for a while after Belker's Death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives.

Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, ''I know why.''

Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next stunned me. I'd never heard a more comforting explanation. It has changed the way I try and live.

He said,''People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life -- like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?'' The Six-year-old continued,

''Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don't have to stay as long.''

Live simply.

Love generously.

Care deeply.

Speak kindly.

Remember, if a dog was the teacher you would learn things like:

When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.

Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.

Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure Ecstasy.

Take naps.

Stretch before rising.

Run, romp, and play daily.

Thrive on attention and let people touch you.

Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.

On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.

On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.

When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body.

Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.

Be loyal.

Never pretend to be something you're not.

If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.

When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle them gently.

ENJOY EVERY MOMENT OF EVERY DAY!

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Allen: Truly sorry to hear of your loss, it is a great one. I hope your pain eases

soon

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Allen

I am sorry to hear that you lost your faithfull friend, I have been in your shoes a time or two myself and agree that the best cure is to get another loveable hugable, hound that you can spoil rotten and have a blast with.. besides you need a nugget hunting budie to watch your back when the better half doesn't want to go out with you..

I am sure Zia would agree, though I never met her.

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I am very sorry Allen.... Losing a family member is always very hard.

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